MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19 IN KIRUHURA DISTRICT
KIRUHURA COVID-19 STATUS REPORT
10th April, 2020
As of 8th April, 2020, the District had line list do 84 community case suspects.
We call them community case suspects, because it's the community that makes an alarm. For the community I'd vigilant on any whom they know /suspect travelled from abroad or was in contact with a suspected person.
The Sub county surveillance team then upon receiving such alarms rush to the site and verify the "roumers" to ascertain if the reported case actually qualifies to be the suspected case according to Ministry of Health standard case definitions.
As of 8th April, 2020, an 84 case line list has been made. All of them had been verified. 10 samples had been taken off, and of these, nine (9) had returned negative. Only one is pending and the client was still in isolation at Rushere community Hospital where our isolation unit was established.35 people had been cleared as either having completed, the 14 days after their alleged contact/travel or not meeting criteria for suspect in the first instance. 15 were found had not returned into the country as alleged, while 34were still under self-quarantine being monitored closely.
The work is however not without challenges.
1. Lack of funding to enable field teams respond quickly.
2. People make alarms but are not willing to disclose full details of themselves or the person /family they are reporting.
3. Some families hide returnees, or those potential suspected cases and hence go un verified.
4. Returnees stigmatized, even when they have been cleared by medical team or found not to be at any risk.
5. People still ignorant of the prevention guidelines and essence of Quarantine and lock done
6. Inadequate PPEs for the field, screening and Facility based team
7. Management of people put into isolation rooms as some are non-cooperative.